I will always remember standing in line at Continental’s gate C-128 in Newark Airport and looking up and the display and seeing “CO 54 9:20 PM Paris-Degaulle”. I recall trying to remain calm and act like a seasoned international traveler, but I was trembling inside as I tried to comprehend the fact that in about 7 hours I was actually going to be in Paris. You know the Paris that is the home of the Impressionists, Rodin, the Louvre, the Left bank, the Moulin Rouge and Hemingway’s “Movable Feast”. That first adventure will never leave me and that is when I fell in love with Paris.
That was 2011 and now 8 years and 6 trips later I am headed back. I leave for ABQ tomorrow for a flight to Houston and then it’s nonstop from there to Amsterdam. I’ll spend a week there and visit the Rijksmuseum and their exhibition celebrating the 350 year anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, the Van Gogh Museum, a Mahler concert at the famed Concertgebouw and the Stedelijk Museum. Then it’s a very pleasant 1 1/2 hour train ride south to Maastricht and the incredible European Fine Art Fair for 8 days.
Finally it is on to Paris for a month in my apartment in Saint-Germain-des-Pres. It would be futile to try list the events that are going to make this trip a special one. You will just have to follow these blogs and I do hope you will come along.